Monday August 28, 2000: Barrieâ€™s Al Turner in the Blue Streak Intrepid had one of the best cars on the track for Sundayâ€™s UAP Napa presents the Mosport 250km event at Mosport International Raceway yesterday but fuel problems saw them finish...
Monday August 28, 2000: Barrie’s Al Turner in the Blue Streak Intrepid had one of the best cars on the track for Sunday’s UAP Napa presents the Mosport 250km event at Mosport International Raceway yesterday but fuel problems saw them finish a disappointing fourteenth.
During early practice on Friday, Turner also had one of the quickest cars and his team were set early to try and put the Blue Streak Intrepid on the pole for Sunday’s event. After posting a 1:30.622 on his first complete lap, Turner was sitting second fastest with only the #1 Canadian Tire entry of Peter Gibbons going faster with a 1:29.846. Their early quick times proved to be beneficial as another car lost it’s motor and covered the track in oil on the next lap. When the timed session resumed no one could come close to beating the quick times set earlier. This locked Turner into a front row starting position for Sunday’s UAP Napa presents the Mosport 250 km event.
Saturday morning was practice only for the Turner entry as they were set to line up first for the twenty-five minute qualifying session to take place later in the day. The #76 Blue Streak Intrepid was the only car in this the even timed race who had already qualified while the remaining even timed cars lined up behind him to battle for the fourth and back starting positions. Edmonton’s Kevin Dowler took the lead early but Al Turner moved back to the point on lap four where he remained until late in the timed event. One lap before the rain started Dowler moved back in front where he would remain as the event finished under caution on the wet course.
Sunday Turner lined up on the grid beside the #1 of Peter Gibbons for the 250 km, sixty-four lap event. This race track is known to be hard on equipment so Turner’s strategy was to again save his tires and car and be ready for a charge to the front near the end of the event. On lap twenty- two Turner was forced to pit as the car was experiencing fuel problems. After making a quick stop for fuel only Turner was back on the track and moving up through the field again. Unfortunately they were forced to pit again late in the race to make repairs to the fuel system and when the checkered flag fell the Blue Streak Intrepid was running in fourteenth position.
Race weekend notes: James Turner joined his dad in the pit area this weekend after recently being released from the Hospital for Sick Children where he had a benign tumour removed from his spine. James enjoyed himself immensely and the highlight of his weekend had to be doing spotting duties for his dad on the back straightaway. He was overhead on Saturday saying “Go Get Them Dad”. Also, despite having missed an entire National Event (Calgary) Turner has unofficially moved into the top twenty in National Points.
The next event on the schedule for the Blue Streak Racing Team is the CARQUEST 500 Race Weekend at Delaware Speedway Park September 1 – 3. Watch for the Blue Streak Show Car to be in the grandstand area raising funds for their team’s official charity, the Children’s Wish Foundation.